It is with much trepidation that I make this announcement today. I have changed over my blog settings to remove word verification.
I know this is a heated issue for many people, some of whom are very militant about it. I have clung tightly to word verification since last January or February (whenever it was that Blogger changed the viewing of it or initiated it ... I can't remember which). I did turn it off back then but I couldn't turn it back on fast enough because within a very short time after disabling it ... within just a few hours ... I was inundated with spam in my email inbox. A LOT of it. Spam that I had never received before & spam that I have not received since that day. I turned it back on & did a blog post regarding what happened to me & I have clung to it tightly ever since.
A while back Blogger decided to change word verification again so that the numbers or characters (sometimes both) are not only extremely blurry but sometimes squished together as well. You all know what I'm talking about. I usually don't have a big problem with blogs that have word verification enabled & I will continue to comment on them just as I have been doing from the start. If it's too difficult to see the number or characters of one set, you can always use the little refresh key & get another set which is usually better. However, with this newer version of word verification I find myself sometimes having to refresh 3 or 4 or more times in order to really see the characters & numbers. It's gotten ridiculous.
So ... everyone will now have "easy access" to make comments on my posts. However, if my spam goes out of control like it did the last time I dropped word verification, I will turn it back on again.
I really want to thank my followers who have continued to comment on my posts these past months despite me having word verification. I really, really, REALLY appreciate you doing that : )